Support Team

Executive Director
Anna Jurak
Phone: (519) 981-1329

Anna has a bachelor of science degree in biology, a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a business diploma. Her background is eclectic, with past employment and volunteer experience in business, law, education and health. She brings all this knowledge and experience to running the programs and operations of BIAWE.

Pediatric Caregiver Support Group Coordinator,
Family and Friends Support Group Facilitator
Danielle Bridges
Phone: (519) 981-1329

Danielle’s background is in Social Work where she has obtained a Master of Social Work degree.  In her professional background she has experience working with people who are living with a brain injury, mental health, addictions, and homelessness.  She is currently employed at the Erie St. Clair LHIN.

Support Group Facilitator
Rene Cantarutti
Phone: (519) 981-1329

Renee Cantarutti graduated with a master’s degree in communication disorders and sciences in 1991. She is a Speech-Language Pathologist practicing within our community, servicing the adult and paediatric population. The focus of her practice over the past 29 years has been servicing school age children within the school system for 25 years as well as those with cognitive communication difficulties due to traumatic brain injuries over the past 20 years. She has been involved with BIAWE since 2001, acting as an executive board member for 12 years. After stepping down from the board, she remained actively involved by sitting on various committees I.e. education committee and support group committee and facilitating social groups for individuals with acquired brain injury as well as GOALs group sessions.

Social Coordinator
Rebeca Robinet
Phone: 519-981-1329

Rebeca has worked at a local long-term care home for almost 8 years as a Personal Support Worker and is currently in her final year of the Social Service Worker- Gerentology at St. Clair College. She is excited to be the Social Coordinator because she gets to share her passions for creativity and helping others with a group of amazing people.

You Are Not Alone Support
Group Facilitator

Dana Perfetto

Dana is a lifelong learner and taught academic writing at the post-secondary level for ten years before earning her Master of Social Work. She is now employed in the field of children’s mental health and feels privileged to be able to help children and families to reach their goals. Dana looks forward to the opportunity to learn from the members of the BIAWE community, especially survivors and caregivers, and to contribute to the important work being done at the organization.

Client Services Coordinator
Kelly Stack
phone: 226-759-3201

Kelly has worked and volunteered over 20 years in community and community support. She was an Executive Director for 10 years with a not-for-profit organization in the Municipality of Essex.  She has also worked as a Youth Crisis Worker with the OPP and most recently was working on a contract in Human Trafficking.  

Volunteer Coordinator
Carolyn Basily

Carrolyn was a volunteer with BIAWE for several years before taking over the role of Volunteer Coordinator. She currently attends high school. 

Fundraising Consultant
Tom Coke

Tom’s background is in Municipal Government and a two-year stint as Executive Director of Epilepsy Southeastern Ontario.  Tom has a wealth of experience in fundraising management, sponsorship development, and strategic planning.